The claim that abortion is contrary to God’s will is simply religious propaganda and pure fiction. There is no mention in the bible of abortion or contraception. (One clause could be construed to preclude abortion but that would also preclude Caesarean section). Further, the bible does not recognise human life as beginning before a child has taken its first breath.
The protesters outside abortion clinics are merely puppets trying to achieve the political objectives of the Catholic church.
The protesters claim that they simply counsel young women. Since when does counselling consist of calling a woman a “murderer” or abusing her on the basis that she is “murdering her baby”? You do not have to have any qualifications to realise that these are not the words of decent or Godly people.
Nobody objects to sincere protest. What the majority of people in Albury object to is the lies, harassment and intimidation imposed on vulnerable women by these interfering bullies. Women seeking an abortion are seeking a lawful medical service which neither affects nor is the business of any protester.
David Corbett, Albury
Our approach is balanced
I write with regard to your story (‘EPA condemned for delays’, The Border Mail, May 22) and editorial (‘EPA needs to adopt play-on tempo to shine’) prompted by comments from MP Tim McCurdy that the Environment Protection Authority Victoria (EPA) has failed its job in regulating the situation at North Wangaratta Recreation Reserve and the Football and Netball Club, comments that I reject.
While Mr McCurdy has not been in regular contact with EPA, EPA representatives have met with him in the past to try to help him understand the significant health issues caused by such a high presence of lead in the football club oval soil and the complex matters around rehabilitating the land.
As Mr McCurdy will have understood from those conversations, it is the polluter that is accountable and there is no doubt where the lead came from.
EPA recognised that a small community sporting club could not be expected to move at the same pace as a large corporation nor to have access to the kinds of funding required to fix the many issues at play. EPA takes a balanced, scientific approach to understanding issues like this to ensure any approach is informed and evidence based.
EPA stepped well outside its normal regulatory duties to support the various clubs involved, given their ongoing importance to the community and their limited capability and capacity, financial as well as administrative, to deal with this issue.
Progress since the government made $3 million available in August last year has been good. All parties involved – EPA, council, the gun club and the football and netball club – have overcome some significant challenges along the way and a return of the oval is now in sight.
Of course, like all parties, the EPA is disappointed that football has not already returned to the North Wangaratta oval, but when it does it will be on a surface that no longer presents serious health risk, other than from the expected bumps and knocks of the game.
I have written to offer Mr McCurdy the opportunity of a full briefing on the matter so he is fully informed on such an important local issue.